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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Turkey doubles efforts to get its citizens out of Libya


Turkish Airlines (THY) had no joy but Turkish ships seems to have some success in the evacuation of Turkish nationals in Libya.

Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched several initiatives for safety of Turkish citizens in Libya and their evacuation as unrest swept the North African country; it is estimated that there are some 25,000 Turkish citizens in Libya.

So far a total of 821 Turks have been evacuated from Libya; one ship will set sail for Libya this afternoon and another will leave on Wednesday.

Hundreds of people have been killed in Libya since protests broke out across the North African nation a week ago. In the capital, Tripoli, and cities of Benghazi, Bayda and Tobruk, people took to the streets to demonstrate against Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year reign.

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